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Ida Brandão
6 February 2013

Use Multiple Representations is a principle that is embraced in universal design for learning, fundamental to have in mind when addressing special needs.

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«A powerful way to illustrate a complex phenomenon is to provide students with multiple representations of the phenomenon. These can be of various types including animations, graphs, symbolic illustrations, text, voice, and so on. Representations are not necessarily interactive and therefore are not necessarily visualizations. Using multiple representations enables diverse learners to find a representation that resonates with their ideas. Multiple representations also allow students to identify connections that are salient in one representation but not in another. Multiple representations become even more powerful when they are dynamically linked to each other and synchronized, so that changes in one representation cause appropriate changes in the other. In this manner, students can better understand connections between the various types of representations of a phenomenon and integrate ideas that each of these representations provokes and thus, these multiple representations can serve as pivotal cases. (Kali&Linn, in press)»

Universal Design for Learning recommends : (i) multiple means of Representation; (ii) multiple means of Action and Expression; (iii) mutiple means of Engagement - http://www.cast.org/udl/index.html

UDL at Glance - http://youtu.be/bDvKnY0g6e4

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